Predators move on to second round after sweeping Blackhawks (Video)

Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates after teammate Roman Josi scored a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in Game 4 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The Nashville Predators completed their stunning sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-1 win in Game 4 Thursday night. Roman Josi led the way offensively with a pair of goals and Pekka Rinne was solid again in goal making 30 saves.

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Josi’s first goal of the game came midway through the second period when his slapper from the boards trickled through Corey Crawford’s pads.

As Chicago tried to create something offensively and survive, Rinne was there to deny them at every opportunity. In the third period, the Predators put the game and the series away with a pair of goals 1:29 apart.

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First, it was Colton Sissons, who put home a bank shot off Crawford. Moments later, Josi added his second of the night with 9:39 left to start the party on Broadway.

Chicago, who will exit the postseason in the first round for the second year in a row, scored 244 goals during the regular season, but their offense went dry in their opening round series. They were only able to muster up three goals against the Predators, two coming in Game 3 from Patrick Kane and Dennis Rasmussen and Jonathan Toews’ tally late in Game 4 that ended Rinne’s shutout bid.

This is the first time the Blackhawks have been swept in a series since 1993.

Nashville will play the Minnesota Wild or St. Louis Blues in the second round beginning some time next week. The Blues hold a 3-1 series lead with a chance to move on Saturday afternoon in Game 5.

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